Dec 8, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) throws the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rare for the Wrong Reasons: Mike Glennon’s Historically Odd Day vs. the Buffalo Bills


The NFL has been around for a long time, and for most of that time, quarterbacks of various skill levels have been chucking around passes to varying degrees of success.

Pro Football Reference have quarterback data going back to 1960, and in digging through their numbers, I found some interesting facts about Mike Glennon’s performance on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Glennon finished with nine completions on 25 passes with two touchdowns, two interceptions and only 90 yards passing. And his team won the football game.

Since 1960, only 64 quarterbacks (Glennon included) have finished a game with 25 attempts or more while compiling fewer than 100 yards, less than 40 percent completion percentage, and at least two interceptions.

Of those 64, only six won their football game. And of those 64, none threw for two touchdowns, as Glennon did.

Glennon’s performance was historically odd, because his subpar completion percentage and lack of yardage should have sunk his team’s offense. But his ability to strike for two touchdowns, combined with the ineptitude of the Buffalo offense, were enough to get his team a victory.

Mike Glennon’s only completed pass during the second half of Sunday’s game was a -8 yard reception by Bobby Rainey.

The former NC State signal caller had an awful day, but made the two plays he needed to make (including a wobbling duck to Vincent Jackson for a touchdown) to keep the Bills in their place and secure a win.

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  • Karen Melanson Hartman

    He should be thankful his team picked up the slack , because that performance was ugly

  • Jayson Kaplan

    Quite frankly, Glennon is exceptionally lucky that performance came against a team as bad as the Bills or that could have been far uglier. Regardless of the opponent (or perhaps because of the opponent) I am convinced after that performance that Glennon should not be the franchise QB next season.

    He continues to make the same bad decisions he’s been making. Does anyone think the TD throw to Jackson was a wise decision, regardless of the outcome? It was the wrong decision, and a terrible throw to boot. The only thing that saved that play is that Jackson is such a physical presence that he was able to outwork the DB. Nine times out of ten, that throw is picked off.

    Glennon’s alleged “big accurate” arm is neither. He made a lot of other really bad throws as well. He doesn’t see wide open receivers over the middle of the field because he and Sullivan have the offense far too focused outside the hash marks.

    It’s too easy to call them “rookie mistakes” and write them off like most announcers seem to be doing. He needs to show that he’s learning something from these mistakes. I don’t see it.